Pettersson shined in his first season in the SHL, leading the league in regular season scoring with 59 points, and playoff scoring with 19 points, which are both new SHL records by a U20 player.
“Elias is a talented offensive player with tremendous vision and skill,” Vancouver general manager Jim Benning said in a release.
“Like most Canucks fans we watched with excitement the incredible season he had in Sweden. This is an important offseason of training and development for Elias and we expect him to be ready to challenge for a roster spot in training camp.”
Pettersson was named Rookie of the Year and Best Forward as well as Most Valuable Player for the regular season and the playoffs.
Happy and excited to sign my first NHL-contract. A dream come true! I want to thank everyone who helped me along the way and especially my family. I couldn’t have done it without you. pic.twitter.com/NXTBLO1xBc
— Elias Pettersson (@_EPettersson) May 25, 2018
Flames’ Travis Hamonic Suffers Facial Fracture During Fight
Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic will be out of action for a bit after he suffered a facial fracture during a fight with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson on opening night, the team officially announced on Friday.
In a corresponding move, the Flames called up defenseman Rasmus Anderson from the AHL to fill the empty roster spot.
Hamonic and Gudbranson got into it only 4:22 into the first period.
Canucks Waive Sam Gagner
Gagner, 29, was entering the second year of a three-year pact he inked with Vancouver a few years back, one that paid him $3.15 million annually.
Gagner had 10 goals and 21 assists for Vancouver during the 2017-2018 season.
Canucks Sign Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel
The Vancouver Canucks have signed Antoine Roussel and Jay Beagle in a pair of moves that have been long rumored, according to Sportsnet’s Rick Dhaliwal.
Roussel, 28, scored 5 goals and collected 12 assists in 73 games last year for the Dallas Stars.
Beagle, 32, was a part of the Washington Capitals during their run to the Stanley Cup.
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